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Laura Rowles is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) serving almost 400 members by hosting over 30 networking events each year, as well as providing educational seminars and special events. The Chamber hosts numerous events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five’s, ribbon cuttings... Read more

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Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber Business Golf Classic Raises Money for Montgomery College

Chris Glinski, Robert Dinkelspiel, Bill Wanatosky, and Dan Coffey   PHOTO | Laura Rowles

It was a beautiful, sunny day for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce (GGCC) 27th Annual Business Golf Classic at Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana on Friday, September 8.

The Chamber’s tournament offers its members and guests a variety of sponsorship opportunities for them to play and network with business colleagues, gain exposure, build good will & get brand recognition for their business. At the tournament business owners, representatives and supporters completed their round, won prizes, competed in golf contests, enjoyed food and drinks and had an ultimate golf experience.

Additionally, a portion of the proceeds supported the Montgomery College Scholarship Fund. Currently the Chamber’s Scholarship endowment sits at $90,000. We are committed to workforce development & investing in Montgomery College students. The endowment was established for future giving. It will ensure that the GGCC continues to support Montgomery College in perpetuity.

“We had a great day and continue to get closer to our scholarship goal of raising $100,000 endowment form Montgomery College”, said Marilyn Balcombe, GGCC Executive Director.

Winners of the 27th Annual Business Golf Classic included:

  • 1st Place – Hughes Network Systems, LLC – An EchoStar Company
  • 2nd Place – Revere Bank
  • 3rd Place – DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors
  • Closest to the Pin Women – Brittany Hilton, Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • Long Drive Men – Michael Coon, Aerotek
  • Closest to the Pin Men – Jim Muir, Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • Putting Contest – Joe Haley, Hughes Network Systems, LLC

The GGCC is grateful to its sponsors, golfers, volunteers and Worthington Manor Golf Club.

The GGCC golf tournament sponsors included:

Tournament Sponsors

  • City of Gaithersburg
  • Hughes Network Systems, LLC
  • Morgan-Keller Construction
  • Scheer Partners, Inc.

Golfer Gift

  • DeLeon & Stang, CPAs & Advisors
  • Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Cocktail Reception Sponsor

  • Buch Construction, Inc.

Lunch Sponsor

  • Lakeforest Mall


  • DARCARS Automotive Group

Beverage Cart

  • Shulman Rogers Gandal Pordy & Ecker, P.A
  • Village Settlements, Inc.


  • Therrien Waddell, Inc.

Tee Sponsor

  • DrinkMore Water
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
  • General Insurance Group, Inc.
  • Gorman’s Garments & Gear
  • Hand & Stone Gaithersburg
  • Holiday Inn Gaithersburg
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Homewood Suites
  • The Lube Center & The Auto Spa
  • M&T Bank
  • O’Donnell’s Market
  • Revere Bank
  • Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Zoes Kitchen

Allen DeLeon of DeLeon & Stang, CPAs and Advisors is the Chair and Master of Ceremonies for the event.

The GGCC is active in providing business-to-business networking opportunities throughout the year: a collective voice in local, regional, and state legislative affairs, professional development opportunities and other services that enhance the business environment.

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About Laura Rowles

Laura authors the blog Your Success is Our Business on MyMCMedia. Laura is the Director of Events & Marketing for the Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce - a member-based organization of businesses that have joined together for the purpose of promoting the civic, commercial and industrial progress in our communities. The area's economic well-being is a result of the caliber of work that is done by the Chamber. The Chamber has a major impact on business, income and future growth of the area. My position at the Chamber - Director of Events & Marketing - affords me the opportunity to plan quality events for our Members and market the Chamber is a variety of avenues. At the GGCC, we typically have around 30 events each year including: breakfasts, lunches, after-five's, ribbon cuttings and special events. The consensus is we have high quality events with good energy. In 2012, we had over 2,040 people visit our events. Most our events are free to Members so securing sponsorships for all events. Additionally, I am responsible for planning networking, overseeing the budget and marketing of all events in order to make them successful. Lastly, I coordinate all marketing and communication efforts of the GGCC including weekly email blasts, its quarterly newsletter, all social media platforms, media relations and community outreach.


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